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THE first William Pitt , the great
Earl of Chatham, suffered from having a son of his own name, who was as great a Peace Minister as his father was a War Minister. William Pitt the younger basked, too, in the glory of the struggle against Napo. leon. -In comparison, the triumphs of Chatham in the Seven Years War seem dim and almost medisoval. Yet it was under Chatham's War Ministry that Clive won Plassey and Wolfe took Quebec, founding the British Empire in India and Canada in the process of helping Frederick the Great against Franco and Austria in Europe. The subject of the third of Principal Grant Robertson 's series of historical talks ranks high among the names of builders of the British Empire.

IN the final talk of his series, Professor Evans deals with Thomas Hardy , last and perhaps greatest of the Victorian giants, but especially with his tragic novels. He discusses tho reality of Hardy's characters ; the careful construction of his novels, and his apparently convinced belief in the cruelty of harsh circumstance in human relations.

Rupert Bruce and William Gwin (Solos and Duets)
The Wireless Military Band
Conducted by B. Walton O'Donnell

Let Us Wander is in Gavotte style. The words paint a pastoral picture - with plough-man and milkmaid, mower and shepherd, against their background of green hillocks and rich dales. The lines come from Milton's L'Allegro (though the first few words have been changed).
'Lost is my quiet for ever; lost, all my tender endeavors to touch an insensible heart,' sings the poet in the next song. Yet he resolves to 'show by patient enduring' that his love 'is unmov'd as her hate.'
Sound the Trumpet is one of those inspiriting songs, with runs and flourishes, in which Purcell excelled.

8.5 Band
Two Light Pieces...Stanford Robinson arr. Gerrard Williams
Minuet; Rondo

8.15 William Gwin
Kirsteen/Islay Reaper's Song ('Songs of the Hebrides')...arr. Kennedy-Fraser

Here are two of the lovely Hebridean songs that we do not hear so frequently as some of the others. To an air from Skye, Kenneth Macleod put Gaelic words, which Mrs. Kennedy-Fraser has translated. The looker-on asks Kirsteen: 'Who will walk with thee by the deep blue sea?' 'Who'll be by thy side at the high spring tide, Walking with his bride?' And lastly, 'when thou, grown frail, Fare with Binne Bheul, who'll fain with thee sail?' Binne Bheaul ('Mouth of music') is, explains the writer, 'one who needed neither rudder nor sail, but only the wish of her own heart to carry her in her own barge to where the sun never sets, the wind never rises, and the music never ceases.'

Rupert Bruce
Turn ye to me...arr. Lawson
My love she's but a lassie yet...Traditional

8.25 Band
Masque music 'The Merchant of Venice'...Sullivan

Sullivan's stage music was not confined to Comic Operas. He tried his hand at more serious Opera, and also wrote incidental music to several of Shakespeare's plays, putting into this much excellent craftsmanship.
In The Merchant of Venice a Masque is held outside the house of Shylock. The dancing reaches a great pitch of excitement, and when the revelry is at its highest, Shylock's daughter, Jessica, escapes with her lover, Lorenzo.
We are to hear seven pieces of Masque music:
(1) Introduction; (2) Barcarolle (Serenade); (3) Bourree; (4) Grotesque Dance; (5) Waltz; (6) Melodrama; (7) Finale.

8.45 Rupert Bruce and William Gwin
Song of Richard Coeur de Lion and his Minstrel Blondel...Gretry
Au clair de la lune...Lulli, arr. Tombelle
Elegy...Mozart
Song ('Ruy Blas')...Mendelssohn

8.52 Band
Kermesse (A Fair Scene)...Godard

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